Jeter back, briefly...Red Sox come from behind again
UNDATED (AP) — Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees line-up for the first time in nine-months and singled on his first pitch in an 8-4 win over Kansas City. Jeter has been sidelined following a broken ankle in last year's playoffs.
Jeter was the designated hitter and went 1-for-4 in his season debut with a run scored and an RBI, before leaving the game in the eighth inning with a tight right quadriceps.
He's expected to start at shortstop on Friday.
In other AL action:
— The Boston Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit for the second time in a four-game series to beat the Seattle Mariners 8-7 in 10 innings. Daniel Nava hit a two-out single in the top of the 10th inning to score pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr. with the go-ahead run.
— Rookie Danny Salazar pitched six strong innings to win his major league debut as Cleveland beat Toronto 4-2. Salazar, who began the season in Double-A ball, allowed just one run and two hits. The right-hander didn't give up a hit until the sixth and struck out seven. Chris Perez gave up a run in a shaky ninth but got his 11th save.
— The Tampa Bay Rays won their eighth straight by completing a four-game sweep of Minnesota, 4-3. All-Star Matt Moore won his 13th game, giving up three runs on three hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.
— Josh Phegley hit a go-ahead grand slam to lead the White Sox to a 6-3 win over AL Central-leading Detroit. Benches cleared two hitters later when Detroit's Luke Putkonen threw a pitch behind Alexei Ramirez, but nothing further happened.
Freeman, Delabar are fans choices
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman and Toronto reliever Steve Delabar have won the fan voting for the last spots in the All-Star game.
Freeman's victory means Los Angeles Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig (pweeg) will not get to play in the July 16 game at Citi Field unless he is added as an injury replacement. Puig is off to a terrific start in his first stint in the majors, but he's only been up for five weeks, leading some to question whether he belongs on the NL team.
Freeman set a record with 19.7 million votes, and Puig was second.
Delabar won with 9.6 million votes
In another All-Star note, Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates has replaced Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies for the NL team in the All-Star Home Run Derby. MLB says Gonzalez pulled out because of a sprained middle finger on his right hand.
Suspension reduced for Porcello...Reds put Hanigan on DL
UNDATED (AP) — Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello had his suspension for throwing at Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist reduced to five games. Porcello was initially suspended six games after hitting Zobrist on June 30. He pitched Wednesday night and said before Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox he was ready to start serving the ban.
The suspension should have minimal effect. Porcello wasn't slated to pitch any of the last four games before the All-Star break, and he'll have to miss only the first game after the break, when Detroit can adjust its rotation anyway.
In other baseball news:
— The Cincinnati Reds have put catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left wrist. Veteran receiver Corky Miller was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.
— The Chicago Cubs have reached an agreement with the city that would allow the team to build a left-field Jumbotron at historic Wrigley Field while adding another sign in right field, the team has announced. The city's landmarks commission, which must sign off on any changes to historic structures, which has OK'd the deal.
Billups returns to Detroit...AP source: Kirilenko to Nets
UNDATED (AP) — Look who is back with the Detroit Pistons: guard Chauncey Billups. He starred for the Pistons before being traded to the Nuggets in 2008 and was the 2004 NBA Finals MVP when the Pistons beat the Lakers. Billups has agreed to a two-year contract with the first season guaranteed at $2.5 million.
In other NBA news:
— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a contract with forward Andrei Kirilenko. The Russian forward opted out of his $10.2 million deal for next season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and found a home with the Nets.
— The Dallas Mavericks have signed free-agent point guard Jose Calderon, who led the NBA with 46 percent 3-point shooting last season. Agent Mark Bartelstein said last week the contract was worth $29 million over four seasons.
— Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) has signed a two-year contract with the Spurs and will be joined in San Antonio next season by Marco Belinelli. Belinelli averaged 9.6 points in 73 games last season for Chicago.
— The Portland Trail Blazers have formally signed rookie guard C.J. McCollum. He was the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft out of Lehigh, where he averaged 21.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.05 steals over four seasons.
— The Denver Nuggets bolstered their frontcourt by signing free agent forward J.J. Hickson to a three-year deal. The 24-year-old is coming off his best season when he averaged 12.7 points and a career-high 10.4 rebounds with Portland.
Kovalchuk calling it quits
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey forward Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL'-yah KOH'-vul-chook) is retiring from the NHL and returning to Russia. The move is surprising because Kovalchuk signed a $100 million, 15-year contract in 2010. He'll be walking away from it.
Kovalchuk spent his last four seasons with the Devils, helping them reach the Stanley Cup finals in 2012. He scored 417 goals and 399 assists for 816 points in games with New Jersey and Atlanta, which traded him to New Jersey.
Pats CB arrested on drunk driving charges
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Alfonzo Dennard (DEH'-nurd) of the New England Patriots has been arrested and accused of driving drunk in Lincoln, Neb., where he once starred as a Nebraska defensive back. Lincoln police say Dennard was pulled over and failed a field sobriety test. Police spokeswoman Katie Flood says Dennard was taken to a detoxification center but not jailed. In April Dennard was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years of probation for assaulting a police officer in Lincoln last year.
The Pats say they are "extremely disappointed" in the news of Dennard's arrest.
GOLF-U.S. SENIOR OPEN
Seven share the lead
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kenny Perry is among seven golfers tied for the opening round lead of the U.S. Senior Open. His 3-under 67 was matched by Jay Don Blake, Gary Hallberg, Mark O'Meara, Tom Lehman (LAY'-muhn and Michael Allen.
There had never been as many as seven co-leaders after the first round at a U.S. Senior Open. The previous record was five in 1997.
Rocco Mediate (MEE'-dee-ayt) and Bernhard Langer are among those a shot off the lead.
Defending champ tied at the top
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Defending champion Zach Johnson and Camilo Villegas (vih-JAY'-guhs) are tied for the first round lead of the PGA's annual John Deere Classic. Both opened with 7-under-64s. Daniel Summerhays is among three golfers that trail by one shot. Three-time champ Steve Stricker opened with a 67.
Mickelson has good opening round
INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — With an eye on being ready for next week's British Open, Phil Mickelson is taking part in the Scottish Open. Lefty completed the opening round with a 6-under 66 to sit two strokes off John Parry's lead. Mickelson is seeking his first win in Europe in 20 years of professional golf.
LPGA-MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC
Park two back in Canada
WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) — Angela Stanford and Catriona Matthew shot eight-under 63s to share the first-round lead at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, two strokes ahead of top-ranked Inbee Park. Park is trying to become the first golfer to win four straight LPGA Tour events since Lorena Ochoa (lohr-AY'-nah oh-CHOH'-uh) in 2008.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Froome remains in first
UNDATED (AP) — Germany's Marcel Kittel won the 12th stage of the Tour de France. England's Chris Froome finished 14th but remains the overall leader by 3:25 over Spain's Alejandro Valverde (ah-leh-HAHN'-droh val-VEHR'-dee).